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GOP lawmaker proposes bill to grant residency for Salvadoran immigrants

12 January 2018

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With Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's decision Monday to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for legal US residents from El Salvador, the Velasco's - parents to three children born in America - now face a hard deadline. But we expect that many if not most of those who lose their protected status will comply with the law.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce had urged the government to extend TPS protections for Salvadorans, Haitians and Hondurans, saying "the loss of employment authorization for these populations would adversely impact several key industries", including "construction, food processing, hospitality, and home health-care services".

"I can not go back to my country", Munoz, 58, said on Monday evening, sitting on the couch with his bichon frise dog, Hachi, in the apartment he shares with his wife, an immigrant from Belize. "Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist". Similar to the termination process for Haitians, Salvadorans must re-register their personal information, though the details about how to do so are still murky. "Now that DHS is ending TPS it's time for Congress to act so we can continue to raise our families and contribute to our communities".

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Nielsen is already familiar with natural disasters and high death tolls.

"Conditions in El Salvador have remained extremely unsafe and volatile, albeit for different reasons", she said. DHS oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which failed to provide timely assistance to Katrina victims and is similarly failing to respond adequately to the crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria. That decision can take years. They've had a positive effect.

Thousands of Salvadorans have been working and living under temporary protected status in the USA after a pair of devastating earthquakes in 2001. She and her husband have TPS status but their daughters are USA citizens. It a deliberate and narrow interpretation of the law, which provides flexibility to weigh current realities and not just the effects of the 2001 quake in El Salvador. "I don't want to go there 1/8to El Salvador3/8 but I won't be able to stay here", he told the American newspaper this week.

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The largest group of people covered under TPS, Salvadorans in the United States are also parents to 192,000 children who are citizens.

Many activists argue that El Salvador is still too violent for those citizens to return. The majority of them have been in the US for many years, even decades, because their countries are unsafe. The United Nations reported that as many as 75,000 people were murdered, including the Roman Catholic Archbishop who protested against US support for the military regime and four American Roman Catholic nuns who were on a relief mission. The Salvadoran economy has been in limbo since this catastrophe, allowing the rise of gang problems, such as extortion and robberies. Over 100.000 children were encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) between 2013 and 2014.

In the past two years, the United States has repatriated 39,000 Salvadorans, showing the ability of El Salvador to absorb an influx, the official said.

But advocates have pointed to the U.S. State Department's travel advisory for El Salvador, which urges people to reconsider travel to the country because of crime. "Turning immigrants living and working legally in the US into undocumented immigrants defies logic, even for this President".

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GOP lawmaker proposes bill to grant residency for Salvadoran immigrants